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Sanctioning Guidelines

Sanctioning guidelines have been adopted by Syracuse University to respond to substance abuse-related and other serious violations of the Code of Student Conduct. Syracuse University seeks to deter students from engaging in conduct that poses risks to the safety and well-being of the individual student and/or the University community as a whole. Sanctioning guidelines are intended to alert students and other members of the University community to the seriousness of the following types of violations:

Sanctions are designed to provide meaningful consequences for violations of University expectations and ensure that students are provided opportunities to access education, counseling, and support. In all cases the appropriate sanctions will be determined on a case-by-case basis in light of all the circumstances. The presence of substantial mitigating or other appropriate circumstances may result in the reduction or augmentation of sanctioning guidelines.

Sanctioning Guidelines for Public Health Guidelines and Expectations for COVID-19 Violations

All Syracuse University community members are empowered to remind and request adherence to public health guidelines. A successful and safe return to campus for the fall 2020 semester and beyond depends on the actions of the entire University community. Students play a vital role in protecting their own safety and security, and the safety and security of their peers and all other members of the SU community, including faculty, staff and community members in areas off-campus where students reside.

Incident reports submitted for violations of COVID-19 will be reviewed by the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities to determine if further investigation or conduct charges are warranted. All cases related to health and safety will be adjudicated as expeditiously as possible, typically within 5-10 business days. All cases that are likely to result in a warning or probation will be adjudicated through the informal resolution process. Cases that may result in a suspension or expulsion will be referred to a hearing. Students have the right to appeal in all cases.

Evidence that an individual and/or group has violated the University’s guidance and expectations related to COVID-19 may result in serious consequences.

Suspected violations that are deemed to be egregious, such as hosting large parties and gatherings or violating quarantine and/or isolation requirements may result in an immediate interim suspension, followed by a hearing on the merits of the case. If a student/student organization is found to be responsible for violating COVID-19 safety and security directives, including hosting parties or gatherings, they will be subject to appropriate sanctions including but not limited to suspension, or even expulsion, from the University.

Syracuse University encourages all members of our community to recognize the demonstrated public health benefits of limiting person-to-person contact and avoiding large groups to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, in compliance with the Stay Safe Pledge. The University also wishes to promote an environment where students are not afraid to seek help for discrimination, harassment, sexual violence, and interpersonal violence due to the added fear of disciplinary repercussions for not adhering to our COVID-related standards in the context of the discrimination, harassment, or violence they seek to report. With these priorities in mind, amnesty from formal University disciplinary action related to our community standards will be granted to a student who is reporting sexual violence, interpersonal violence, or other violation of the University’s Sexual Harassment and Assault Prevention policy.

To promote the health and safety of the campus and local community, staff may be required to share information about large group gatherings with appropriate University or local officials. However, that information will be shared in a way that protects the privacy of the individual who is reporting discrimination, harassment, or violence to the University.

Nothing in the provision above absolves a student from the responsibility to notify the Barnes Center of a positive test for COVID-19 so that appropriate contact tracing can be conducted.

Finally, please note the University cannot guarantee amnesty from any civil or criminal legal action, or from any legal consequences arising from a student’s violation of local, state, or federal law.

Category Sanction

I. Evidence that a student intentionally violated public health guidelines (i.e. maintaining social distancing, wearing a mask).

Disciplinary Warning or Disciplinary Probation

Appropriate educational sanctions

 

II. Evidence that a student or student organization put the Syracuse community at significant health risk due to egregious violation of public health guidelines (i.e. hosting a party or gathering or violating quarantine and/or isolation requirements); repeated violations of Category I. Suspension or Expulsion

Sanctioning Guidelines for Substance-Related Violations

Category First Violation
Second Violation
Third Violation
Use or possession of alcohol under prohibited circumstances

Disciplinary Warning and educational activities including:

Community Involvement referral and/or Educational project(s)

Disciplinary Probation and educational activities including:

Options Program referral and Community Involvement referral and/or other educational project(s)

Suspension
Supplying alcohol to underage person(s)

Disciplinary Probation and educational activities including:

Community Involvement referral or Community Service project(s) and/or Educational project(s)

Suspension
Extreme alcohol intoxication posing a substantial risk to the
health and well-being of self and/or others

Disciplinary Warning and educational activities including:

Options Program referral and Educational assignments

Disciplinary Probation and educational activities including:

Options Program referral and Community Involvement referral and/or other educational project(s) Residential relocation

Suspension
Manufacture or sale of alcohol under prohibited circumstances

Disciplinary Probation and educational activities including:

Community Involvement referral or Community Service project(s) and/or Educational project(s)

Suspension
Driving any motor vehicle while intoxicated or while under the influence of unlawful drugs Suspension Suspension or Expulsion
Use or possession of marijuana or marijuana paraphernalia

Disciplinary Warning and educational activities including:

Options Program referral and/or Community Involvement; Community Service referral and/or Other Educational project(s)

Disciplinary Probation and educational activities including:

Options Program referral and/or Community Involvement; Community Service referral and/or Other Educational project(s)

Suspension
Use or possession of illegal drugs other than marijuana or controlled substances without an appropriate prescription

Disciplinary Probation and educational activities including:

Options Program referral and/or Community Involvement; Community Service referral and/or Other Educational project(s)

Suspension
Extreme drug intoxication or abuse-related behavior posing a substantial risk to the health and well-being of self and/or others

Disciplinary Probation and educational activities including:

Options Program referral and/or Community Involvement referral and/or Other Educational project(s)
Residential relocation

Suspension
Manufacture, sale, purchase, or distribution of illegal drugs or controlled substances

Suspension or Expulsion

 

Sanctioning Guidelines for Weapons-Related Violations

Category Sanction
Possession of a prohibited weapon or other dangerous object, including, but not limited to firearms, BB-guns, sling shots, airsoft guns, air rifles, explosive devices, fireworks, or any other dangerous, unlawful, or hazardous object or material

Disciplinary Probation, Suspension, or Expulsion

Expulsion from student housing

Community Service and/or other Educational sanctions

Any improper use, attempted use, or threat of use of a weapon or other dangerous, illegal, or hazardous object; any improper use as a weapon of any otherwise permitted object or material Suspension or Expulsion

 

Sanctioning Guidelines for Violence-Related Violations

Category Sanction
Physical harm or threat of physical harm without a weapon resulting in little or no physical injury to involved persons

Disciplinary Probation or Suspension

Participation in the Conflict Resolution Program, and the Options Program referral if alcohol or other drugs were a factor in the incident

Community service and/or other educational sanctions

Physical harm without a weapon resulting in significant physical injury to another person Suspension or Expulsion

 

Sanctioining Guidelines for Safety and Fire-Related Violations

Category Sanction
Tampering with smoke detectors in on campus residential facilities Disciplinary Warning, educational projects, and residential probation
Interference with, improper activation of, or damage to any elevator or safety or emergency equipment, including, but not limited to: fire alarms, fire extinguishers, sprinkler systems, and blue lights; lighting any unauthorized fire on University property Disciplinary Probation with appropriate educational sanctions or Suspension

 

Sanctioning Guidelines for Gender Related Violence and Harassment

Category Sanction
Sexual harassment including unwanted sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and some visual and physical conduct of a sexual nature; Stalking

Suspension or

Disciplinary Probation with appropriate educational projects

Sexual assault, including, but not limited to sexual touching without consent, forcible touching; stalking with threats of harm; use of physical violence in a dating or sexual relationship

Suspension or

Expulsion

Sexual intercourse without consent

Suspension or

Expulsion

Retaliation against an individual who has filed a report of gender related violence/ harassment

Suspension or

Expulsion or

Disciplinary Probation with appropriate educational projects